The inaugural RS Tera Scottish Championships saw 23 Teras descend on Wormit Boating Club on the River Tay on Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September. Sailors came from as far north as Chanonry Sailing Club and Royal Findhorn Yacht Club down to Portabello Sailing Club and Derwent Reservoir. The Tay was well represented by sailors from Royal Tay Yacht Club and host club Wormit.
Saturday was a training day led by our coach for the day , Mark Barron. The cadets were split into two groups and after some onshore instruction took to the water in a good force 4. Improvements in boat handling in strong winds and mark rounding were evident throughout the morning session but after a big gust hit during gybing practise knocking a few boats over we decided to run to shore for lunch. After lunch everyone was keen for more so in a building breeze the fleet headed back out for more strong wind practise. The afternoon session had to be cut short because of the ever increasing breeze. Everyone came ashore with smiles on their faces, having done well to battle the elements! After some theory work on the use of transits in starts we were left to enjoy a BBQ in the sun.
Sunday saw another windy day. After a postponement, which was filled with football and games in the local park, we tried to run some short races near the sheltered shore but after having 9 boats go out and struggle in the building breeze we had to abandon the racing, which was unfortunate for Peter Owen from Derwent as he looked really impressive in the strong winds.
All the sailors did really well and had a fantastic weekend. With 23 boats at the first event in Scotland and with more training and racing events planned for Teras in Scotland in 2014 the future of the RS Tera in Scotland is bright.
If you would like to try a sail in a RS Tera in Scotland or would like any information about them please get in touch with Robbie Wilson, the RS Tera rep for Scotland, at email@example.com.
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